Numbers 272. Report of Brigadier General Adelbert Ames, U. S. Army, commanding Second Division, of operations July 30.1
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, August 2, 1864.
MAJOR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by my command in the operations of the 30th of July, 1864:
In accordance with original instructions the command was placed in reserve, opposite the left of the wood in rear of General Burnside’s line, about 1 a.m. At about 6.30 o’clock I received instructions to occupy the ground vacated by a division of the Tenth Corps, which I accordingly did. Soon after, however, I was ordered to move to the attack, but found it impossible to advance my men, the way being blocked by other troops. I immediately made a personal examination of the position, and found that already more troops were in advance of my command than could be used to advantage, which fact I reported to the major-general commanding the corps. My order to advance was countermanded at once. At about 12 m. I was ordered to move my command to the rear and to go into camp.
A list of casualties has been transmitted.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major WILLIAM RUSSELL, JR.,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Eighteenth Army Corps.
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 719 ↩